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Games Workshop Pre-Order Preview: Horus Heresy: Age of Darkness begins!

They said it was coming in June and Games Workshop is starting things early with an extended pre-order launch for Horus Heresy: Age of Darkness. The new “core” game launches this coming Saturday with a load of releases to go with it.

Warhammer: The Horus Heresy – The Age of Darkness launches with a box set packed with everything you need to start. It’ll be available in English, French, and German. Within the box, you get 54 plastic miniatures, enough for two forces or one giant one. It includes 2 Legion Praetors, 10 Cataphractii Terminators, 40 highly customizable Tactical Space Marines in Mk VI power armor, one Contemptor Dreadnought, and one Spartan Assault Tank. All the miniatures except the Terminators are new models.

Also features is a 336-page hardback rulebook, 36-page construction guide, introductory army lists, and two four-page rules reference sheets.

There’s also 20 six-sided dice, two blast templates, one flame template, two classic red plastic measuring sticks, and a transfer sheet.

If you order the set directly from the Games Workshop webstore, you’ll also get an exclusive reaction token and card set (while supplies last). That’s eight metal tokens and a deck of eight cards to keep track of the game’s six reactions and two advance reactions.

You’ll be able to expand your game with the Liber Astartes. This Loyalist bible features rules, lore, unit profiles for each of the nine Legion Astartes that remained loyal. The 344-page hardback is packed with everything you need to dive further into your loyalist force and will be available in English, French, and German.

Liber Astartes

For those looking to topple the Emperor, you’ll want to get The Liber Hereticus. The 352-page hardback contains the full roster rules, and background for all nine Traitor Legions. It’ll be available in English, French, and German.

The Liber Hereticus

The Legiones Astartes Special Weapons Upgrade Set allows you to upgrade your squads into Legion Tactical Support Squads. The set contains 10 weapons each of six types – flamers, plasma guns, meltaguns, rotor cannons, volkite chargers, and volkite calivers.

Legiones Astartes Special Weapons Upgrade Set

The Legiones Astartes Heavy Weapons Upgrade Set (Missile Launchers and Heavy Bolters) delivers a bit more punch featuring 10 missile launchers, 10 heavy bolters, and associated arms.

Legiones Astartes Heavy Weapons Upgrade Set (Missile Launchers and Heavy Bolters)

Expand your force with the Kratos Heavy Assault Tank. There’s three options for the turret gun, four apiece for the hull weapons and the sponsons, nine choices of pintle gun, plus dozer blades, searchlights, and gunners. There’s also a datasheet for you to field it in your games of Warhammer 40,000!

Kratos Heavy Assault Tank

The Deimos Pattern Rhino will get your squad into battle a bit quicker and with some protection.

Deimos Pattern Rhino

Expand your force with the Mk III Tactical Squad. Repackaged for the new edition, it features 20 multipose Legion Astartes.

Mk III Tactical Squad

How about the Mk IV Tactical Squad instead? It features 20 Space Marines for your force.

Mk IV Tactical Squad

Thousand Sons get some early help with Ahzek Ahriman, the Chief Librarian. Originally released in the Burning of Prospero set, the plastic model will be available on its own for the first time.

Ahzek Ahriman

Keep track of the entire Imperium with the Carta Galactica: The Imperium of Mankind. It’s printed on a massive 1,000mm x 890mm fold-out poster, and it’s the essential guide to the galactic state of play.

Carta Galactica: The Imperium of Mankind

Get The Horus Heresy Legion Transfer Sheets to make your Legion stand out a little more. Each contains more than 500 decals.

The Horus Heresy Legion Transfer Sheets

Show off your loyalty to your legion with The Horus Heresy Legion Dice. The sets feature 20 six-sided dice, one is a scatter die. There’s also the Legion emblem where the six should be.

The Horus Heresy Legion Dice

There’ll be In-store Swag to celebrate. Head to your local Warhammer store for lodge coins, keyrings, pin badges, and vehicle damage counters and some independent stores will have them too.

In-store Swag

Forge World is getting in on the action.

The Primarchs are being repackaged for the new edition. You can get these resin figures to help lead your force.

Sons of Horus and Imperial Fists Mk VI Heads and Shoulder Pads will allow you to build your Legion and each features 11 resin heads and 10 sculpted shoulder pads for every Legion. The Imperial Fists and Sons of Horus are the first two to be released.

The Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game is getting releases with the highlight being Grimbeorn. You’ll get this leader of the Beormings as well as the bear he can turn into.

Grimbeorn

You’ll also be able to get Beornings, hardy people who are also a strong, tough, and fierce force.

Beornings

From Black Library comes a few releases.

Cthonia’s Reckoning (Special edition/Hardback/eBook/MP3) is an anthology featuring seven all-new short stories – Sons of Cthonia by John French, To the Last by Michael F Haspil, The Gangs Beneath by Gary Kloster, The Flesh Harvest by Nicholas Wolf, Traitor’s Faith by Noah Van Nguyen, For Hate’s Sake by Gav Thorpe, and Postulant by Chris Forrester.

Cthonia’s Reckoning

Lupercal’s War features 21 short stories and an introduction to the Horus Heresy.

Lupercal’s War

You’ll also be able to get The Horus Heresy Bookmark.

The Horus Heresy Bookmark

In French, you can get Cthonia’s Reckoning and Sons of the Emperor: An Anthology.

In German, you can get Horus Heresy Omnibus VIII.

Horus Heresy Omnibus VIII

Games Workshop Pre-Order Preview: Witch-aelves, Nighthaunt, Middle-Earth, Adeptus Titanicus, and Blood Bowl!

It’s a fantasy sort of week for Games Workshop with next week’s pre-orders!

Nagash’s legions are back with Battletome: Nighthaunt! It features everything you need to bring this army to unlife. Get the regular edition or the limited collector’s edition which features a soft-touch cover, red ribbon marker, gilt page edges, and gold foil blocking.

Battletome: Nighthaunt

You can show off your loyalty and keep track of your forces with the Nighthaunt Warscroll Cards and Dice.

Nighthaunt Warscroll Cards and Dice

Maybe Morathi’s bloodthirsty daughters are your thing? Battletome: Daughters of Khaine is also being released with new and updated rules, lore, and abilities for the six temples of Khaine! It too has a regular and collector’s edition.

Battletome: Daughters of Khaine

Awlrach the Drowner is being released bringing spectral terror to the tabletop.

Awlrach the Drowner

Maybe you need range support for your Nighthaunt army? Then the Craventhrone Guard is what you’re looking for.

Craventhrone Guard

The Ethereal Court features three heroes – the Knight of Shrouds on Ethereal Steed, a Spirit Torment, and a Guardian of Souls.

Ethereal Court

If neither of those armies are what you’re looking for, then how about the Vanguard: Idoneth Deepkin? A great way to start your Deepkin force or expand a current one, it features 15 miniatures.

Vanguard: Idoneth Deepkin

Or how about Vanguard: Fyreslayers? A perfect start to your force, it features 26 hot-headed miniatures.

Vanguard: Fyreslayers

Expand your Fyreslayers with the Auric Runefather on Magmadroth. It’s being sold separately for the first time. It can also be used to build an Auric Runeson or Runesmiter on Magmadroth. Plus, whichever hero you don’t use can be built on foot!

Auric Runefather on Magmadroth

Defend the North of Middle-Earth with Defence of the North for the Middle Earth: Strategy Battle Game. The expansion takes players through pivotal events in the Northern Realms. It has new heroes and villains, new army lists, 22 narrative play scenarios, and six Legendary Legions.

Defence of the North

Made to Order gets a whole bunch of miniatures for the game as well. Bolster your nefarious forces of Evil with a whole heap of goblins, including the Warg Marauder shock cavalry, a malevolent Dragon, Moria Goblin heroes like Ashrâk, Drûzhag, Durbûrz, and Grôblog, and some supremely skilled Easterling Mounted Commanders. Stalwart Dwarves join the fray in the form of the Khazad Guard and Captains of Erebor, who are more than a match for any enemy in Middle-earth – no matter their height – while the Lake-town Captains command the forces of Dale against Evil.

If you need a battlefield, then look no further than the Fortress of Dol Guldur. It features six modular kits to build your ruins to battle over and within.

 Fortress of Dol Guldur

Show off your favored army with the Easterling Dice Set.

Easterling Dice Set

The Easterling’s mysterious ruler also is coming with The Dragon Emperor of Rhûn.

The Dragon Emperor of Rhûn

You can also build out your force with the elite Easterling Black Dragon Warriors.

Easterling Black Dragon Warriors

Lead the defense of the north with the Dale Commanders. It features a Captain of Dale with two Warriors of Dale to help command your armies.

Dale Commanders

The Dale Windlance is a war machine that fires fearsome Black Arrows as big as a man.

Dale Windlance

Blood Bowl gets a new release with Rumbelow Sheepskin! He’ll ram the other team and deliver touchdowns.

Rumbelow Sheepskin

Adeptus Titanicus gets a release with the Dire Wolf Heavy Scout Titan. It packs a bunch with carapace-mounted Volcano Cannons and Neutron Lasers.

White Dwarf 476 is also available with a new Tome Celestial for Hedonites who worship the Prince of Pleasure as well as sentries in Kill Team, new Warcry fighters, and Crusade rules for falling to Chaos in Warhammer 40,000.

White Dwarf 476

Black Library has a few releases. The Vincula Insurgency: Ghost Dossier 1 by Dan Abnett is getting a hardback, eBook, and audiobook release and you can get it in German too!

Warhammer Fest 2022: Grimbeorn and the Beornings for the Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game

Defence of the North is coming soon for the Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game with with it new miniatures!

The chieftain of the Beornings Grimbeorn has been revealed. Not only is he handy with an axe but can also change into a bear!

Grimbeorn

Joining him are the Beornings who can handle defending their homelands from invaders. You’ll be able to make yours unique with alternate heads and they can be armed with great bows or hand-and-a-half axes!

Beornings

Games Workshop Pre-Order Preview: Tyranids, Head to Thondia, Made to Order, and more!

After weeks of teasing, the Tyranids are coming! The release of the army is the highlight for Games Workshop’s pre-orders next week.

You’ll need to get the new Codex: Tyranids which features all of the updated rules you’ll need to build your swarm. The book features 128-pages and is available in a regular and Collector’s Edition.

Codex: Tyranids

With a new codex comes a new miniature in the Parasite of Mortex. The bat-winged horror attacks the enemy with its razor-sharp claws but it’s the ovipositor tail you need to watch out for.

Parasite of Mortex

If you need a quick way to build your force, there’s the Combat Patrol: Tyranids. The box features 36 Termagants, a Hive Tyrant, three Tyranid Warriors, and three Ripper Swarms for about 25 Power Level’s worth of miniatures.

Combat Patrol: Tyranids

You can show off your dedication to the swarm with Tyranids Datacards and Dice Sets.

Tyranids Datacards and Dice Sets

Space Marines get some reinforcements with some classic models that’ll be available Made to Order. You can get these Space Marine Captains to add to your force.

For Warhammer: Age of Sigmar, head to Thondia!

Season of War: Thondia contains rules for playing in the savage lands in open, narrative, and matched play. There’s also the terrifying incarnation of Ghur itself – the Krondspine Incarnate! The book is available in a regular and a limited edition version.

Season of War: Thondia

Realmscape: Thondian Strongpoint arrives delivering more scenery and terrain for the tabletop.

You might need a board to play on and Realmscape: Thondian Expanse has you covered. The fold-out double-sided board takes you to the wind-swept heartlands. Get multiple boards for bigger games! One side features cracked, red earth littered with bones while the other is a dark and gloomy marsh.

Realmscape: Thondian Expanse

Head to Middle-Earth with more classic miniatures celebrating 20 years!

One of the earliest releases for the game, The Fellowship of the Ring gathers once again! This set of nine models is a classic.

The Fellowship of the Ring

Another classic is The Battle at Khazad-dûm allowing you to re-enact the iconic scene. You get the Balrog and Gandalf in this set.

The Battle at Khazad-dûm

Escape from Orthanc features Gandalf, the great eagle Gwaihir, the sought-after Palantir, and Saruman.

Escape from Orthanc

Attack at Weathertop has the Ringwraiths attacking the hobbits in this set of ten miniatures that includes Aragorn, the Witch-King of Angmar, and a tiny fireplace.

Attack at Weathertop

Wrapping things up is the Ambush at Amon Hen recreating this key moment. Here’s your opportunity to get Boromir with arrows sticking out!

 Ambush at Amon Hen

White Dwarf 475 is coming with updated rules for Kharadron Overlords, info on Thondia, and so much more!

White Dwarf 475

Black Library won’t be outdone. You can get Classic Inferno! 46 via print on demand. It features Dan Abnett, CS Goto, Nathan Long, and CL Werner.

Classic Inferno! 46

Titanicus by Dan Abnett arrives in MP3 audiobook.

Titanicus

Graham McNeill‘s Lord of Mars also arrives in MP3.

Lord of Mars

Games Workshop Next Week: Warcry, Necromunda, Aeronautica Imperialis, and made to order T’au classic Middle-earth

Games Workshop has a mix of releases for next week focusing mostly on its boxed games. Warcry gets a bunch of releases with Tome of Champions. The book has material whether you like open play, narrative play, matched play, or campaign play. There’s points updates for every Grand Alliance, new fated quests, narrative campaigns, branching quests, and a tournament pack.

Warcry: Tome of Champions also features the ability to use Underworld characters in Warcry!

Warcry: Tome of Champions

Along with the new book, five new Warcry warbands are also being released. You can choose between the Daughters of Khaine, Lumineth Realm-lords, Slaanesh Sybarites, Thunderstrike Stormcast Eternals, and Kruleboyz.

For Warhammer 40,000, T’au players will be able to pick up some classic Ethereals that’ll be made to order. Choose between the four to lead your army for the greater good.

The Middle-earth Strategy Battle Game also gets some made to order figures. You can get the Goblin Shaman, Armoured Moria Goblins, Easterling Warriors Warband, Lorien Elf Archers, Galadriel, Haldir’s Elves with Swords and Haldir’s Elves with Bows, and Captain of Dale.

You’ll be able to expand your Necromunda scenery with this box set featuring 106 pieces of terrain and accessories. This looks like a fantastic way to not only build up your board for games of Necromunda but also can be used for games of Warhammer 40,000.

Necromunda scenery

Aeronautica Imperialis gets two releases. The Vampire Raider has transport capacity allowing players to be the attacker in scenarios such as Subterranean Assault. The Vampire Hunter is a heavy ground-attack bomber allowing you to take on enemy ground assets.

White Dwarf 437 features rules to field Aeldari from Craftworld Altansar, updated rules for Beasts of Chaos for Warhammer: Age of Sigmar, and a guide to making banners for Titans in Adeptus Titanicus.

White Dwarf 437

There are also more licensed products coming out including Warhammer 40,000 keyrings as well as a Stormcast Eternals Shield Pin Badge.

A Champion of Chaos and Middle-Earth Made-to-Order are Available Now from Games Workshop

Games Workshop‘s latest pre-orders are live and it’s a rather light week for the start of the holiday shopping season.

Originally a special event model 2021 that was to debut at Adepticon, Holga Clovenhorn will be available to order from the Games Workshop website. There’s no pre-order window for this one. Available to order for $35. Hurry, the figure will no longer be available after November 28.

Holga Clovenhorn

Fans of the Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game have a chance to snag some miniatures that haven’t been available for some time. All of these Heroes of Good and Evil are available to order for one week only from next weekend, returning from whence they came on Sunday the 28th of November 2021.

Kardûsh the Firecaller is a pyromaniacal Orc Shaman has been trained in the art of sorcery by one of the Nazgûl, and is so skilled in its use that he can hurl magical fireballs into enemy ranks. If you want to supplement your Mordor army’s firepower with some, you know, ACTUAL fire, then look no further. The figure retails for $15.

Kardûsh the Firecaller

Twilight Ringwraiths are what Frodo witnessed when he slipped on the One Ring to elude the Nazgûl. You can do the same in the game and switch out your Nazgûl when someone puts on the One Ring in the game. Retail is $25.

Twilight Ringwraiths

Thranduil, the Elvenking is the King of Mirkwood and his skill with a blade is known across the lands and feared by his enemies. Available for $15.

Thranduil, the Elvenking

Mirkwood Elf Captains allow you to expand your Mirkwood force. Get a Mirkwood Ranger Captain and one Palace Guard Captain. The duo is $25.

Mirkwood Elf Captains

The White Council depicts Saruman the White, Gandalf the Grey, Galadriel, and Elrond as they were when they convened at Rivendell to discuss the quest of Thorin Oakenshield to slay Smaug and restore Erebor to its former glory. The four figures are $65.

White Council

A Champion of Chaos, Middle-Earth Made-to-Order, and Necromunda Highlight Next Week’s Games Workshop Pre-Orders

Games Workshop has revealed next week’s pre-orders and it’s a rather light week for the start of the holiday shopping season though there are promises of Battle Force reveals later this week!

Originally a special event model 2021 that was to debut at Adepticon, Holga Clovenhorn will be available to order from the Games Workshop website. There’s no pre-order window for this one.

Holga Clovenhorn

Fans of the Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game will get a chance to snag some miniatures that haven’t been available for some time. All of these Heroes of Good and Evil are available to order for one week only from next weekend, returning from whence they came on Sunday the 28th of November 2021.

Kardûsh the Firecaller is a pyromaniacal Orc Shaman has been trained in the art of sorcery by one of the Nazgûl, and is so skilled in its use that he can hurl magical fireballs into enemy ranks. If you want to supplement your Mordor army’s firepower with some, you know, ACTUAL fire, then look no further.

Kardûsh the Firecaller

Twilight Ringwraiths are what Frodo witnessed when he slipped on the One Ring to elude the Nazgûl. You can do the same in the game and switch out your Nazgûl when someone puts on the One Ring in the game.

Twilight Ringwraiths

Thranduil, the Elvenking is the King of Mirkwood and his skill with a blade is known across the lands and feared by his enemies.

Thranduil, the Elvenking

Mirkwood Elf Captains allow you to expand your Mirkwood force. Get a Mirkwood Ranger Captain and one Palace Guard Captain.

Mirkwood Elf Captains

The White Council depicts Saruman the White, Gandalf the Grey, Galadriel, and Elrond as they were when they convened at Rivendell to discuss the quest of Thorin Oakenshield to slay Smaug and restore Erebor to its former glory.

White Council

Necromunda gets some releases through Forge World as the House of Artifice has been working hard to reinforce Van Saar gangs.

The Van Saar Arachni-rig brings immense strength normally but can be used to also bring devastating weapons to battle. A brute for the House of Artifice, it can be outfitted in multiple ways. Shielded with light or heavy carapace armor, you can mix its servo-arms with rad or plasma guns to blast targets from a distance.

The Van Saar Champion in Carapace Armour with Cyberachnids brings more fire support to the Van Saars. A carapace-armored champion, this champion is armed with a lascannon for a one-shot kill. The champion also has three Cyberachnids – mechanically augmented exotic beasts that can effortlessly traverse any terrain and incapacitate their prey with toxic venom.

Van Saar Champion in Carapace Armour with Cyberachnids

The pair of Van Saar Champions in Mesh and Flak Armour are a great addition to a gang. Reliable weapons, solid armor, and advanced bodysuits, what more do you need? Use them as Augmek or Archeotek for your gang.

Van Saar Champions in Mesh and Flak Armour

King Dáin Ironfoot and Thorin III ‘Stonehelm’ come to the Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game

Forgeworld has a new release for the Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game. King Dáin Ironfoot and Thorin III ‘Stonehelm’ are available now in a two-pack that retails for $33.

Lead the defence of Erebor with its two mightiest Heroes. Inspire your Dwarves with Dáin Ironfoot, King Under the Mountain. Out-strategise enemy Heroes with Thorin III ‘Stonehelm’.

This kit comprises 7 resin components with which you can assemble the two miniatures.

King Dáin Ironfoot and Thorin III 'Stonehelm'

It’s a Packed Pre-Order Release Week with Warhammer 40,000, Warhammer Underworlds, Blood Bowl, and Lord of the Rings

Games Workshop has taken a few weeks off for new releases but are back with a week packed with releases that will make the wallet hurt. Check out below for everything you can get starting today.

Expand your Drukhari and Adepta Sororitas with the Piety and Pain box. The campaign box features both armies along with a 32-page campaign book featuring datasheets, missions, Crusade rules, and Theatre of War rules for urban areas.

The Adepta Sororitas army includes five heavy-weapon toting Retributors with a pair of Armorium Cherubs, a heavily armoured Immolator, and a Palatine – a new hero with head and weapons options.

The Drukhari force is a swift Wych Cult warband led by the legendary duellist Lelith Hesperax. The stunning new plastic model of this beloved character is joined by ten Wyches, five winged Scourges, and a Venom.

Piety and Pain

You’ll be able to take advantage of the new codex for the Drukhari which allows you to use your Kabals, Wych Cults, and Haemoculus Covens. It’s everything you need to play. It comes in a regular and collector’s edition.

Drukhari codex

Expand your forces with the Combat Patrol: Drukhari. The box set features 18 plastic models that’s themed around the Kabals. It features an Archon leading 10 Kabalite Warriors and five Incubi into battle with a Raider and Ravager.

Combat Patrol: Drukhari

Along with the new codex you can get the Drukhari datacards and dice.

Also out for Warhammer 40,000 is The Book of Rust, the first act in the War Zone Charadon series.

This campaign book tells the story of the Death Guard invasion of the Charadon sector, home to the vital forge world Metalica. Led by Typhus himself, the followers of Nurgle swarm across the sector, with the Imperium’s defenders standing against them and the piratical Drukhari taking advantage of the anarchy to plunder and pillage.

It features three codex supplements, three armies of Renown, and help to bring together games in a narrative. There’s a regular and collector’s edition.

The Book of Rust

Crusade Mission Pack: Plague Purge adds rules for Crusade games. Designed to work with the rules in The Book of Rust, this expansion includes 24 Crusade missions – six for each game size – along with rules for playing Plague Purge Crusades and a suite of Agendas, Requisitions, and Stratagems. It also includes the basic rules for Warhammer 40,000, making it a handy reference guide while you play.

Crusade Mission Pack: Plague Purge

The Seraphon debuts in Warhammer Underworlds: Direchasm with the Starblood Stalkers. The warband mixes strong and agile fighters.

Starblood Stalkers

Expand your games of Blood Bowl with a new field, team card pack, and dice and with a Halfling theme.

Merry and Pippin and Treebeard enter the battle for the Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game. It’s the largest kit for the game in years.

Middle-earth fans can also grab a dice set themed around the Ents of Fangorn Forest.

Black Library also has a lot of releases for those who want to spend some time reading. Dan Abnett‘s Ravenor Returned gets a limited edition release. Silent Hunters is a new tale of the vicious Carcharodons Space Marines written by Edoardo Albert. Blood of the Emperor is an anthology of six stories from some of your favorite authors. Finally, Josh ReynoldsManflayer comes to paperback.

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